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AFCP8102 – Financial Structure and Insights

2021 – Term 3, Infrequent attendance, City

Notice

As part of Phase 3 of our return to campus plan, most units will now run tutorials, seminars and other small group activities on campus, and most will keep an online version available to those students unable to return or those who choose to continue their studies online.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Mark Stewart
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Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to Master of Applied Finance or Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit addresses the practical application of financial evaluation and appraisal techniques commonly used by firms and by investors. A primary focus is the optimisation of value creation by the firm as it undertakes corporate finance activities. Within this context, the unit addresses the various capital requirements of the firm as it progresses through the corporate development life cycle as an enterprise. The unit builds on prior knowledge of key corporate finance concepts with progression involving more detail, increased complexity and an emphasis on practical applications within financial markets.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Examine and assess the practical application of financial models and methods commonly used by firms and by financial markets for the purpose of taking investment and capital management decisions.
  • ULO2: Critically assess the role and importance of value creation to the firm and its stakeholders as evidenced in financial markets.
  • ULO3: Effectively collate and communicate the quantitative and qualitative aspects of information used to support investment and capital management decisions.
  • ULO4: Reflect on how to effectively manage a multidisciplinary team as it addresses the diverse needs of various stakeholders including the client firm and financial market participants.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Discussion Forum 10% No to be advised on iLearn
Online quizzes 20% No to be advised on iLearn
Group Assignment 30% No to be advised on iLearn
Final Exam 40% No to be advised on iLearn

Discussion Forum

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: to be advised on iLearn
Weighting: 10%

 

Students will be required to contribute to two Discussion Forums. The forums will be conducted online within specified windows of time. The contribution will be in the form of several posts on specified contemporary issues within financial markets.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Examine and assess the practical application of financial models and methods commonly used by firms and by financial markets for the purpose of taking investment and capital management decisions.
  • Critically assess the role and importance of value creation to the firm and its stakeholders as evidenced in financial markets.

Online quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: to be advised on iLearn
Weighting: 20%

 

Students will be required to attempt four Quizzes conducted during the term. A Case Study will be progressed in stages . Each quiz will relate to a milestone event within the case study.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Examine and assess the practical application of financial models and methods commonly used by firms and by financial markets for the purpose of taking investment and capital management decisions.
  • Critically assess the role and importance of value creation to the firm and its stakeholders as evidenced in financial markets.

Group Assignment

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 25 hours
Due: to be advised on iLearn
Weighting: 30%

 

Students are required to work in groups to appraise a proposed corporate finance transaction. The assignment will involve the preparation of a report and a presentation.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Examine and assess the practical application of financial models and methods commonly used by firms and by financial markets for the purpose of taking investment and capital management decisions.
  • Critically assess the role and importance of value creation to the firm and its stakeholders as evidenced in financial markets.
  • Effectively collate and communicate the quantitative and qualitative aspects of information used to support investment and capital management decisions.
  • Reflect on how to effectively manage a multidisciplinary team as it addresses the diverse needs of various stakeholders including the client firm and financial market participants.

Final Exam

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: to be advised on iLearn
Weighting: 40%

 

A final exam to be held.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Examine and assess the practical application of financial models and methods commonly used by firms and by financial markets for the purpose of taking investment and capital management decisions.
  • Critically assess the role and importance of value creation to the firm and its stakeholders as evidenced in financial markets.
  • Effectively collate and communicate the quantitative and qualitative aspects of information used to support investment and capital management decisions.
  • Reflect on how to effectively manage a multidisciplinary team as it addresses the diverse needs of various stakeholders including the client firm and financial market participants.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

This unit is delivered in intensive mode.

For 2021 Term 3 the unit will be delivered online (only) using Zoom and other applications.  There are no face to face classes.  The unit will be delivered in two blocks.

block 1 24 and 25 July (09:00 am to 05:00 pm)

block 2 14 and 15 August (09:00 am to 05:00 pm)

 

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

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Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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